[ verb kuh n-vurt; noun kon-vurt ]
/ verb kənˈvɜrt; noun ˈkɒn vɜrt /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to become converted.
Football. to make a conversion.


one who has been converted, as to a religion or opinion.

Nearby words

  1. conversion disorder,
  2. conversion ratio,
  3. conversion table,
  4. conversive heat,
  5. conversus,
  6. convertase,
  7. converted,
  8. converted rice,
  9. converted steel,
  10. converter

Origin of convert

1250–1300; Middle English converten < Latin convertere to change completely, equivalent to con- con- + vertere to turn round (see verse); convert (noun) replacing converse, Middle English convers (< Anglo-French) < Latin; see converse2

1. See transform. 2. proselytize. 16. proselyte, neophyte, disciple.

Related formscon·ver·tive, adjective


[ kon-vurt ]
/ ˈkɒn vɜrt /

noun Informal.

Origin of convert

by shortening of convertible Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for convert


verb (kənˈvɜːt) (mainly tr)

noun (ˈkɒnvɜːt)

a person who has been converted to another belief, religion, etc
Derived Formsconvertive, adjective

Word Origin for convert

C13: from Old French convertir, from Latin convertere to turn around, alter, transform, from vertere to turn

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